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's midwestern firewall hold in mitt romney's efforts to expand the battleground map? we cover it all this morning with the architect of the president's re-election campaign, white house senior adviser david plouffe. and majority leader of the house, republican congressman from battleground virginia eric cantor. >>> also, our new head-to-head numbers in our poll and a primer on each side's path to 270. our political director chuck todd. >>> and then what issues mattered most in the campaign, like jobs? new jobless numbers out just days before the vote. and romney's religion and even foreign policy. our roundtable will weigh in. >>> democratic mayor of newark, new jersey, cory booker. host of msnbc's "morning joe" joe scarborough. republican strategist mike murphy. co-toast of "today," savannah guthrie. and nbc news special correspondent tom brokaw. >>> live from nbc news election headquarters at democracy plaza in new york, this is a special edition of "meet the press." with david gregory. >>> and good sunday morning. this is it from our nbc news election headquarters at new york's re
't for that, suppose romney had run as a moderate from the get-go. suppose obama had faced down his rival in that first debate the way he faced down hurricane sandy? would have, could have, should have, of 2012. and finally, taking it in the gut. one candidate will suffer a personal and profound loss next tuesday night. either the first african-american president or a man who feels a duty to so many others or the man who wanted to redeem his father's own failed presidential bid long ago. i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. with us new york magazine's john heilemann. cnn's gloria borger. the grio and msnbc's joy reid. and the huffington post howard fineman. first up, here we are in the time capsule. the weekend before the election asking why is this so close? still so unpredictable. both men face big hurdles to getting elected and that's why it's so close. president obama's got the jobless he inherited but can't quite beat. friday's new jobs report was encouraging but gains are still behind what we need. in a reflection of that, 62% of voters say they would like or want major changes
romney was echoing that cry from the anti-obama crowd, pledging to take our country back. but that is deep in the past. no matter how hard they want it, america's fewer you to -- future just won't look like the early 1950's. hi, i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. with us today, the washington post bob woodward. "the washington post" kathleen parker, "the new york times" d helen cooper. first up. barack obama's place in american presidential history was upgrated tuesday with his convincing sweeping re-election by an entirely new american elect rat. -- electorate. >> we are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. we are and forever will be the united states of america. and together, with your help and god's grace, we will continue our journey forward. chris: bob, here we are five days later. i'm thinking, i still can't absorb the months and months and months we worried about which way this election mibet go and then to see it go in one simple clear direction. obama's direction. >> and it's a
48 hours in the race for president. a frantic final push on the campaign trail, obama and romney making a mad dash through the swing states. meantime, tempers flare. tonight a final poll on where this race stands and how sandy could impact the election. >>> plus the new big storm closing in threatening to disrupt a massive recovery operation. >>> and making a difference, the marathon may be off, but the race is on to help some of the hardest hit victims of the storm. from our election home, "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. in just over 48 from now, the first polling places here on the east coast will close in the presidential election. the final "countdown" is on and the gut check moment has arrived for president obama and governor romney as they make the crucial decisions as to where and how to marshall their resources into places they can still make a difference. and tonight, we're about to release the results of our time poll in this race, a last-minute snapshot that could give both camps a reason for hope and anxiety. and how the hurricane sandy disaster has affec
race. as you can see is still neck and neck. mitt romney with 50% of the vote and barack obama with 48%. maryland voters once again supported barack obama. he easily picked up the state's 10 electoral votes. >> we just checked in with the obama campaign and a spokesman says with mitt romney losses in pennsylvania and new hampshire and a deficit in ohio, we are hearing a lot of confidence from the obama campaign right now. we are keeping a close watch on those key battleground states. virginia, ohio, and florida, where voters are still standing in line at the polls after the polls closed. thousands of people filing in, just waiting to hear more results. >> i am nikole killion at mitt romney headquarters in boston. it is pretty quiet now as supporters here wait out of these results. a little bit of disappointment expressed by the crowds at a loss of new hampshire and pennsylvania by a mitt romney to president obama. those are states that would have been critical to mitt romney, but still a lot of outstanding key battleground states, namely florida, virginia, iowa, and the biggest prize o
, with less than 24 hours to go, it is down to the wire for president obama and governor romney making their last minute sprints through the battleground states. tonight, the closing arguments an what to watch for as voters go to the polls. >>> also, misery, so many still struggling after hurricane sandy. we'll look at its possible effect on turnout tomorrow. and would you believe the threat from the next storm on the way, a nor'easter threatening for mid-week. the storm, and the election, our coverage, nbc nightly news begins now. >>> good evening, and we can tell you it is almost over now, after a couple of years and a couple of billion, on the eve of decision 2012, we are very close to knowing the first indications of how this race is going to break. heading into election day, by all accounts this election is a statistical dead heat, the latest national head to head has this as a 48-47 race, while state polls vary and while the battleground states call for a lot, you can tell how tight the race is by watching the two campaigns, positively barnstorming the battleground states, battli
house for the next four years. president obama and governor romney neck and neck after waging the most expensive political campaign in u.s. history. will it be a long night that stretches into the morning? it's up to the voters today, tuesday, november 6th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," election day 2012, with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from democracy plaza. >>> and welcome to "today," and democracy plaza on this tuesday morning, election day 2012. good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer, and it seems like we've been talking about this day for the better part of two years because we have been talking about this day for the better part of two years. it's already here. seeing a lot of traffic at polling sites all across the country and especially in the swing states n.virginia, for example, people actually camped out overnight to be among the first in line. >> president obama is spending his day in chicago where he voted early two weeks ago. he's planning to do some satellite interviews to reach voters in the battlegr
obama tonight. how he won, why and why mitt romney lost. and the message the voters across america sent last night. we'll have a look at the trends and the results. >>> also, tonight, the east coast is taking another hit of extreme weather, and it will only get worse. it means more rough weather of people hit by hurricane sandy. the storm and election night news begins now. >>> good evening, while the nation tries to recover from a deep recession, and in a presidential race we were after all, all told was as close and as tight as they get. president obama, the 44th president of the united states was reelected last night. he was somehow able to stitch together a convincing victory, s win i winning just about all the battleground states that were so heavily fought over in the most expensive race in u.s. history. it was early this morning when the president appeared with his family, becoming the third consecutive two-term president we elected. not happening since the presidents jefferson, madison and monroe. president obama won both a decisive victory in both the electoral college. and her
for an upset by governor romney, although i'm on record thinking it's most likely not going to go the governor's way. but i bow to popular demand. first up, let's figure out how stocks have really done under president obama, and i'm going to use a prism that i haven't seen anyone else use, the five-year lookback. you cannot use the inauguration day as the starting point. there's too much priced in at that point. almost every stock is higher, so it's irrelevant. the s&p is up 75% from inauguration. we need to go back to when the great recession was just about to begin. it became clear the next occupant in the white house could be a democrat, proved my thesis that if obama wins, it might not matter the stocks nearly as much as you think. anyway, with this five-year timeframe, the phrase "under obama" as in most oil stocks fared badly under obama, simply doesn't hold up under any rigorous scrutiny. some stocks have done better with obama than without him. others will fare better if romney wins, as i'll explain later in the show and we'll expand tomorrow as part of our special team coverage of the
traveling with the romney campaign. and tonight that means headquarters, back home in boston. peter, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you. within the last hour, mitt romney just landed back here in boston after wrapping up his final campaign swing. tonight he's going to watch those returns alongside his wife ann and all five of their sons. during that last flight he spoke to reporters and said he was very proud of the campaign, adding, and i quote, we put it all on the field. at the end of an exhausting quest for the white house. mitt romney cast his ballot alongside his wife ann in their home state of massachusetts. his mind was on the midwest. >> i feel great about ohio. >> reporter: governor romney went straight from the polls to his campaign plane with paul ryan. >> i'm awed by the spirit and enthusiasm, support, energy, it's just amazing. thank you. >> reporter: while mr. romney thanks volunteers, later fueling up on fast food. it was a near traffic jam on the tarmac in cleveland. air force two carrying the vice president to a late campaign swing of his own touched d
. there was a feeling on wall street in the last few weeks that obama was going to lose. that romney had decided to spend a ton of money and win pennsylvania and ohio and he already owned florida. so it's all a done deal. don't believe me? did you watch cnbc's coverage last night? republican after republican came on saying that such a scenario would play out, right up until ohio got called for the president. these people were just plain, out right sellers today. they bought in anticipation of a romney win. they sell on a romney loss. most of my investors will say oh, yeah, hey, sure. let that run its course. i'm not going to sell my gap stores for target, right or wrong. however, i would rebut that we suddenly have a new word. the head of the european central bank mario draghi picked today of all days to say things have worsened dramatically in europe, including germany. that means there's a new sense of urgency to fix the europeanness and we're learning to be wary of the way europeans are going about their "bailouts." here's what the client would say. wait a second. we've been through this befo
president obama, while a close 47% favor governor mitt romney. the president holds the same narrow 48% to 47% edge among likely voters in virginia. mr. obama holds a slightly wider lead in florida with support from 49% of likely voters compared to romney's 47. and in all important ohio, our poll shows president obama holds a six-point lead over his republican rival with 51% to romney's 45. nbc's tracy potts is in cincinnati, ohio, with details on the candidates' final frantic day of campaigning. tracy, very good morning to you. >> reporter: veronica, good morning. good morning, everyone. it is going to be a very busy last day of campaigning. it was a busy weekend, especially here in ohio. all four candidates showing up here in various parts of ohio over the weekend. it is becoming very clear that all roads lead through ohio in this important presidential race. let's start with the president who is right here in cincinnati last night where he talked about governor romney and that six-point lead that he has as of now in our poll over governor romney, saying the reason he's not doing very well
's itinerary is packed. at a rally in green bay, the president said mitt romney will not bring about change the country needs. >> governor romney has been using his talents as a salesman to dress up the very same policies that failed our country so badly. >> the campaign is out with new ads. >> the president save the auto industry. >> president clinton says mr. obama needs to strike a good tone. >> it would be who both candidates to close on a positive note, making a case for themselves, a case against the other guy. >> tomorrow, the president had to ohio and will be spending the entire day. he has three different campaign stops, underscoring the importance of the buckeye state. let's get a look at mitt romney's final push. >> we saw mitt romney soften his tone during sandy but that has all changed. it is now back to business and game on. >> if i am elected -- a slip of the time in virginia, but he quickly went back into his stump speech and a new line of attack against the president. >> we don't need a secretary of business to understand business, we need a president who understands busine
>>> good morning. down to the wire. president obama and governor romney in a dead heat on the final day before the election. the candidates making their last-minute pitches in battleground states >> turn out for me. we'll win ohio. we'll win this election. >> paul ryan and i will bring real change to america from day one. >> less than 24 hours to go, both have a clear shot at victory. what will decide this race? we have it all covered from our election home on democracy plaza today, monday, november 5th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," decision 2012, with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from democracy plaza. >> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a monday morning, and welcome to democracy plaza. i'm mate lauer. >> and i'm savannah guthrie. this will be our home for a couple of days. after a year of campaigning, a billion dollars spent, maybe more, it's anyone's guess who will come out on top tomorrow night, if we have a decision. >> if you don't like to fly you wouldn't like to be a presidential candidate. governor romney and president obama l
. obama versus romney, democrats versus republican. the world is watching, and now it's your decision, america. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry. well, millions of votes have already been cast and the candidates will do some last-minute politicking early today. in the swing state of ohio, nearly 1.8 million absentee ballots have already been cast. that's up from 2008. in florida nearly 4 point. >> petros: 5 million peop-- 4.5 million people have voted. president obama voted early this year. he'll do some swing state interviews and then play in his traditional election day basketball game and then wait in chicago. mr. romney has added two last-minute campaign stops in ohio. paul ryan will vote and join him in boston. joe biden will vote in delaware before joining him in chicago. tracie pots has the details on the final frantic day of campaigning. tracie, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, good morning. it may be a frantic day of voting too. this is one of the many polling places soon to open in ohio. take a look at the cincinnati inquirer. the headline, it's all up to us.
ouou are watchingg wbaba tv 1 1 lili,, lococ,, latebreaking. >> president obama and mitt romney spend one more day of frantic campaign stops in key states. i am sarah caldwell. the race is deadlocked and the outcome could depend on "get out the vote" efforts. if this election wasn't contentious enough, maryland's ballot has other issues as groups marshall their forces to drum up the vote. it's the top of the ticket drawing people to the polls but turnout could hinge on the statewide ballot. >> we have three ballot questions that are emotional and could drive turnout. >> 12% of maryland's voters have cast early ballots this year. candidates are not the only ones preparing. marylanders for marriage equality are holding a training session for the polls on sunday, to say yess to item six and alloww couples otto marry. >> they want to get that civil marriage license -- >> the latest survey shows they are split on question six. visit wbaltv.com to eread morree on local issues and take a final look at the candidates before heading to the polls. >> we started out with clear temperatures
the ruins. >>> and down the stretch they come. president obama and governor romney crisscrossing the country hoping to persuade veters to vote for them on election day. and we are right in the middle of all the action "today," sunday, november 4, 2012. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," decision 2012, with lester holt and erica hill live from democracy plaza. >>> good morning and welcome to "today" on a sunday morning. i'm lester holt here on our beautiful little location. i call it the studio with a view, democracy plaza. our backdrop for nbc's election coverage. >> and a nice view it is. i'm erica hill. it's good you made it this morning extra early, ready to go. >> i forgot to set my clock. >> you did. >> the good news is i started my newscast an hour ago. thanks for watching and have a great sunday, everybody. >> lester is out of here. we should point out part of our job here at the "today" show and, of course, nbc news is to make sure our viewers are informed which jenna wolfe did a fine job of yesterday. you may have missed this part of the newscast, tho
governor mitt romney. now despite a bitter campaign between the two, mr. romney offered a concession and kind words as he accepted the results. >> i have just called president obama to congratulate him on his victory. his supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations. i wish all of them well, but particularly the president, the first lady, and their daughters. this is a time of great challenges for america, and i pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation. >> and then it was the president's turn. he and his family walked out on stage early this morning to cries of four more years. >> tonight more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward. tonight in this election you, the american people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the united states of america, the best is yet to come. >> and we're going to hear more from both men in just a
. >> president obama defeat governor romney. >> maryland voters made a lot of important decisions as well. we will have the different ballot questions scrolling along the bottom of your screen. >> tracie potts begins our coverage. >> a burst of emotion at the obama victory party in chicago. celebrations around the country from new york to los angeles and the white house where president obama will spend four more years. >> whether i earned your vote or not, i have listened to you. i have learned from you. you have made me a better president. we're not as divided as our politics suggests. we're not as cynical as the pundits believe. we're greater and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. we will be the estimunited stats of america. >> mitt romney said he gave it his all and said that the nation must come together. >> the nation is at a critical point. our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people's work. >> the primate family chose to give back and that is the legacy that we honor and applaud tonight -- romney family. >> the president won with slim majori
that for the united states of america the best is yet to come. >> governor romney gracious in defeat. >> i ran for office because i'm concerned about america. this election is over, but our principles endure. >> for the president the hard fought campaign is behind him, but the real work of turning around a troubled and still divided country begins anew today, wednesday, november 7th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," decision 2012, with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from democracy plaza. >> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie with a late night here on democracy plaza or should i say early morning, but in either case, it wasn't as late as some people expected. >> not to take away from the hours you all put in last night, but fact of the matter is we were thinking that maybe we would come on the air this morning with this still undecided, and it was called fairly early in the evening by political standards in a divided country. >> yeah. remember the key state was ohio, and
to survive. we've got it all covered live. three days and counting. president obama and governor romney make their final appearances in battleground states as we inch closer to election day. this morning, the results of our new polling in the states that just might decide this election. >>> and, welcome erica. say hello to the newest member of the "today" family, my new co-anchor erica hill. we can't wait for her to get started today, saturday november 3rd, 2012. >> from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," decision 2012. with lester holt and erica hill. live from democracy plaza. >>> and a big good morning to everyone. welcome to "today" on a saturday morning. i'm lester holt here on democracy plaza, our home for nbc's election coverage, all the way through tuesday. but i am right now pleased to welcome my new co-host erica hill. great to have you here. before we get started, there is a bit of a tradition we like to do to welcome you folks. jeff, please. >> and erica hill. >> that has a nice ring to it. i'm not going to lie. >> when you heard the -- your heart beats. >> it's true
and mitt romney giving the president a hard time for political reasons or the big one this week, personal reasons? is this persona chris: welcome back. this week the two presidential rivals barack obama defeat have had been highly critical of him. mitt romney told his supporters he lost because obama gave, quote, gifts, close quote to his base and john mccain continued to speak bitterly about the president and attacks at benghazi. the big question is this politics on the part of mccain or personal, dan rather? >> personal. >> politics. >> romney personal, mccain political. >> i think it's personal. a lot of people don't like this president, and i think that's the case here. chris: ok. thanks for a great roundtable. i agree. dan rather, katty kay, jodi kantor for "the new york times" and sam donaldson. that's the show. thanks for watching. hope you and your family have much to be grateful for. see you back here
his opponent as a candidate who can't be trusted. >> governor romney has been using all his talents as a salesman to dress up all these same policies that failed our country so badly. >> reporter: charging into virginia, mitt romney, who softened his attack during the wake of superstorm sandy, had more to say. >> you will see high levels of unemployment continue and stalled wage growth, if any at all. >> reporter: and mr. romney mocked mr. obama for this proposal he outlined earlier. >> i said i want to consolidate the government agencies, we should have one secretary of business, instead of nine different departments. >> we don't need the secretary of business to understand business. we need a president who understands business. and i do. >> reporter: this afternoon in richmond, mr. romney called on supporters to give to the red cross but was interrupted by protesters. >> that is what caused this monster storm. >> reporter: at the center of the response to the storm, new york city's mayor michael bloomberg said that climate change contributed to the storm, and endorsed mr. obama as
, president obama and mitt romney kept up a frantic pace tonight. [no audio] >> 10,000 screaming supporters. >> let us make sure everyone we know gets out to vote on tuesday. earlier, introduced by, bruce springsteen. >> hello, ohio. are you fired up? >> president obama held his final day event in columbus. an estimated 15,000 supporters, and a pitch aimed at ohio. >> i am proud we saved the auto industry. i am even prouder we are making better cars. >> the president visited volunteers and called an ohio voters. >> barack obama. >> four days, republican volunteers have worked with cincinnati, ohio suburbs, to make sure mitt romney supporters to vote. jeremy knows ohio is must-win for romney. >> do you figure, if i do a great job here and now, i can get might guide to the white house backs >> in a small way, yes. >> ohio early voting has been busy, but republican poll watchers could challenge the ballot. >> if you have a very tight race in ohio, he could have a decision that we will not know the results of for about two weeks. >> with no time to worry, president obama went to iowa, mitt romn
the unemployment rate ticked up to something governor romney will emphasize, higher than when the president took office. that's the headline number. i agree with austan. the fact you had 171,000 jobs this month and i would add it is the trend for the pasten couple of months is higher, about 170,000 for fe the past couple of months and that's a good sign. one thing i would say is while that is better than average, the number of jobs created per month since the turnaround in early 2010 has been 140,000 a month so this is a little better than that. one disadvantage of that is you need 119,000 per month to keep with pace with population growth. a what this means is with 170,000 you are adding 50,000 per month. if you play it out it will take 13 years to make up for the jobs lost during the recession and keep pace with population growth. >> what about on top of all of that, let's talk about this super storm sandy. a terrible human and personal toll of course. what impact does it have on the economy, in the region and across the country? what do you think, ed? >> storms have a big immediate affect. if
of red states and blue states. we will be the united states of america. >> mitt romney said he gave it his all and said that the nation must come together. >> the nation is at a critical point. we cannot risk partisan bickering. our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people's work. >> the romney family chose to give back and that is the legacy that we honor and applaud tonight. [cheers] >> the president won with slim majorities in key states. ohio, pennsylvania, iowa, colorado, new hampshire. virginia and nevada were not called until early this morning. still outstanding is florida, where people were still in line voting at 2:00 a.m. they have to count all those ballots, not to mention the provisional ballots in ohio. which we thought might be the deciding factor in this race. tracie potts, wbal-tv 11 news. >> there were several controversial issues for marylanders to weigh in on. the final say on each of these issues was up to the voters. jennifer franciotti has the results. >> good morning. it was a clean sweep. marylanders had seven questions, and you could call it
will bring real change for america. >> mitt romney spent some time in pennsylvania. he wants to flip the state. at this point, the election is not about the undecideds. it is about firing up the base. >> if you get all your supporters out to the polls, you will win this election. >> president obama acknowledged it is all up to voters. it is out of his hands. >> if they do their jobs, they are not relevant either because it is now up to you. >> both candidates will go to seven states before going to their respective corners. president obama in chicago, and mitt romney in boston. >> mitt romney is getting some last-minute support from a republican. >> sarah palin is back in the headlines. the super pac has done it money to the romney campaign. it is a little bit interesting. she has not been super prominent in romney's bid the white house. she never had a speaking role at the republican national convention. >> hallie jackson, thank you. >> this year, voters in maryland have several other reasons to cast their ballots. kim dacey is live on federal hill with those issues. >> good morning
, as mitt romney draws fire from fellow republicans by accusing the president of doling out, quote, gifts to minority groups in exchange for their vote. what's the fallout and the future of the gop? with us, tea-party backed congressman raul labrador, tom friedman, former white house chief of staff for bill clinton john podesta, republican strategist mike murphy, and nbc news chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell. >>> announcer: from nbc news in washington, the world's longest-running television program, this is "meet the press" with david gregory. >>> good sunday morning. with the president's national security team under fire over the petraeus resignation and the benghazi attacks, the president arrived on the world stage this morning for a summit in east asia, and he's got new worries on his mind about the prospect of a war in the middle east as israel and palestinian militants get closer to the brink this weekend. israel expanding its air assault against hamas and palestinian militants continuing to fire rockets into civilian areas of southern israel. that's where i want t
to the american people. i also want to say to governor romney, congratulations on a spirited campaign. i know the his supporters are just as engaged in just as enthusiastic. >> voter turnout seems heavy. this was colorado, one of the battleground states. other swing states, new hampshire and virginia, voters lined up in many polling places. wisconsin, snow on election day. this was cleveland airport at midday. romney and why and headed to a volunteer center in ohio -- romney and ryan. joe biden stopped in a restaurant. just a few more hours and they get the first returns. >> what are the states to watch? virginia, ohio, florida. steve handelsman, wbal-tv 11 news. >> so far, no major issues at the polls, although there were some complaints about long lines. that is a very positive sign for a large voter turnout. mr. robinson is live in northeast baltimore with more on that story. >> it certainly is a good sign -- lisa robinson is live in northeast baltimore. >> right now we don't have any lines here at northwood elementary school, but inside this school, for different precincts votes. thousand
more frayed. >>> four days to go, president obama arrives in ohio overnight and governor romney heads there as well as both camps brace for this morning's all-important jobs report and the impact of sandy looms large over election day. >>> and walk this way. new yorkers in need of a lift are about to get one on our plaza. the countdown has begun for aerosmith's first ever morning show concert today, friday, november 2nd, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie. this has been a hard week around here, but it's nice to have something to smile about this morning. aerosmith here on the plaza. >> a confession, i walked outside a second ago as they were rehearsing to see steve tyler behind a microphotograph and joe perry walking up and down the stage. this is just a destruction. the death toll from sandy has risen to more than 90 people. there's a lot of talk about the situation in new yor
with the effects of sandy, mitt romney continues to campaign in key battleground states. we've got brand new pole numbers. all that and our own brian williams goes home to battered point pleasant beach new jersey. >> announcer: this is "early today" for thursday, november 1st, 2012. >>> good morning, i'm lynn berry. here is the very latest on sandy. at least 74 people in the u.s. are now dead as a result of sandy. millions remain without power, and recovery isn't coming nearly fast enough. new jersey is just one of the places there are major gasoline shortages. people are waking up with canisters and walking up with canisters trying to get fuel. and further down the coast, take a look at cars lined up for blocks, if not miles. some people waited more than an hour for a chance to fill up. >>> another big oil problem, a massive fuel leak at a tank facility. more than 300,000 gals of diesel crude spilled into the water separating new jersey from statin islands. containment booms are keeping the oil where it is. >>> in connecticut, intense images as three mansions burned to the ground. firefighters c
is the presidential race is down to its final hours. governor romney and president obama are delivering their final appeals in the states that will make the difference. we have the story from washington. >> just two war days. >> two days before voters go to the polls. governor mitt romney and president obama were fighting for votes in the battleground states. >> fla., in two days, you have a choice to make. >> the final abc news poll before the election shows the candidates are in a dead heat. president obama with a 48-47% lead. his handling of hurricane sandy has boosted his approval numbers. in the important cause of state of ohio, governor romney is 6 points down. that is forcing him to look to other states like iowa that could prove critical on his electoral map. >> we can do better. a stronger america is ahead. >> of the day after he stumped in new hampshire -- >> the president was there with former president bill clinton. it is a race so tight even 4 electoral votes could be the margin of victory. president obama has an eight- point lead with 1 in. governor romney has a seven- point lead with
romney spending much of their day here in the state of ohio, how important is the buckeye state? so important that betweenq the two of them they will be here five more times over the next three days. charging into the campaign's final weekend, each candidate tried to frame the latest unemployment reports to his advantage, as either a sign of economic progress. >> this morning, we learned that companies hired more people in october than at any time in the last eight months. >> reporter: or stalled growth. >> today we learned it is actually 7.9%, and that is 9 million jobs short of what he promised. >> reporter: analysts say both men make valid points. >> there is no question we came out of the lull, where the economy stalled, we've pushed away from it, the bad news it is pretty low. >> reporter: mr. romney indicted his opponent's record. >> candidate obama promised change but couldn't deliver it. i promise change, but i have a record of achieving it. >> reporter: and in four days, promised a fresh start. >> i'll lead america to a better place, where confidence in the future is certai
was very conciliatory towards mitt romney and reiterated his hope they would sit down, saying there were a lot of ideas that mitt romney said on the campaign that he agrees with. >> chuck todd, thank you, and after that moment you saw that senator john mccain went right out on the senate floor and shot right back at the president. nbc's kelly o'donnell has more for us. >> reporter: good evening, brian, this is really the latest chapter in what is a contentious history between the president and john mccain. and so after the news conference, john mccain went to the senate floor for his over televised rebuttal, taking on the president and the future of ambassador rice. >> if the president thinks that we are picking on people, he really does not have any idea of how serious this issue is. >> reporter: serious enough that some republican senators stepped forward after the president's news conference, repeating their vow to stop president obama from nominating u.s. ambassador rice from becoming the next secretary of state. >> she has says this was not a pre-planned attack, why was that done? >
of the gop after a stinging defeat for romney and the republicans? and how will president obama govern in a second term? we'll talk to a newly elected document congressman, joaquin castro. plus republican strategist steve schmidt, presidential historian doris kearns goodwin, nbc's political director and chief white house correspondent chuck todd, and the "washington post's" bob woodward. >> announcer: from nbc news in washington, the world's longest-running television program, this is "meet the press." with david gregory. >> and good sunday morning. the newly re-elected president's message on friday, get back to work. but the focus of that work and on that work is now overshadowed by friday afternoon's resignation of cia director david petraeus, which sent as you know shock waves through washington. new details emerging now this weekend about the fbi investigation that led to the discovery of what officials believe was an extramarital affair between petraeus and his biographer, paula broadwell. and of course so many questions about where this goes from here. joining me now for the late
to meet with mitt romney and also to work harder to foster a spirit of bipartisanship by reaching across the aisle to work with republicans on deficit reduction, immigration reform and jobs, jobs, of course, were the number one issues for voters. the economy almost costing the president his re-election. he made it clear he got the message. >> a long campaign is now over. and whether i earned your vote or not, i have listened to you, i have learned from you, and you've made me a better president. >> reporter: now the president also joked that unlike 2008 the first daughters will not be receiving a dog this year. on a more serious note though, a campaign official tells me that the very first phone call that president obama made after governor romney called him to concede was to former president bill clinton, of course, one of his top surrogates during this campaign season. the obamas will head back to the white house a little bit later on today. natalie? >> all right. kristen welker in chicago, thanks so much, kristen. >>> as the votes rolled in on election night, the republican party reta
to see the sunshine break out later this morning, as well. >> reaching for the finish line, mitt romney and president obama continuing their last haul through the battleground states ahead of tuesday's election. >> later today, both candidates will be in ohio, a must-win for both campaigns. here brian mooar with that story from washington. >> former president bill clinton may have been losing his voice >> but he has done a good job with a bad hand. >> but in virginia, he spoke up for president obama, trying to soften up a critical swing state. >> we've made real progress, virginia. >> governor romney is trying to hold down iowa, a battleground state where he's fallen behind five points in the latest polls. >> with the vote of the people of iowa, we can't lose. >> the candidates cross paths within hours of each other as they barnstormed iowa and six other toss-up states, making their final arguments in the last weekend of the campaign. the president was joined by musicians john mellencamp and katy perry, and governor romney got a boost from nascar legend, richard petty. >> this is as muc
will be in wisconsin and colorado today. joe biden will head to i want. mitt romney will be in virginia, and paul ryan will be in colorado. we will have a live report coming up. and already a record snowfall in the great smoky mountains. that is one byproduct of hurricane sandy. officials say this is the biggest on record for the month of october. perhaps a missouri school district says it may soon stop teaching students how to write in cursive. teachers say the practice is obsolete. students have mixed opinions. >> i think they should teach it, because we will have a second way to write. >> i live right in my name in paris a -- in cursive. >> if you order something online, you do not need cursive. >> there is no word on when a final decision could be made, and that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. do you think cursive is a worthwhile thing to teach in school? >> millions without power, and they cannot write. >> that is the way they do it these days. many students take the class from today. they might be speaking a few halloween treats. max if you want to get that can be out of your
. sources say that romney said, it is not going to happen, while his wife, ann, cried by his side that night. the campaign victory celebration fireworks in boston harbor had to be taken down. somehow this ended up on the web, the romney feature, how to join the romney administration that of course, was not to be. >>> by now, most of us know the phrase jumping the shark to mean the moment something goes from relevant to passe, to over done, he wrote the episode of the tv series "happy days," in which fonzi jumped over a shark while own water skis, the show lasted five more years, after the show that immortalized irrelevant. he was 78 years old. >>> up next, a lot of people getting a well-deserved vacation without ever leaving home. surprises him. of ban morning starts in high spirits, but there's a growing pain in his lower back. as lines grow longer, his pain continues to linger. but after a long day of helping others, he gets some helpful advice. just two aleve have the strength to keep back pain away all day. today, jason chose aleve. just two pills for all day pain relief. try aleve d fo
for president obama and five votes for governor romney. >> the last months have seen the gathering of strength of a real movement across this country. it is evidence in the size of these crowds. i understand there are a few thousand people that could not get in. >> the governor hits the road again in pennsylvania and ohio. president obama wakes up this morning back home in chicago. he will play a game of basketball before watching results tonight. child ing as there's a iowa or in this country languishing in poverty, barred from opportunity, our work is not done. our fight for change it goes on. >> the president promised a better tomorrow if elected. in ohio, 1.6 million people have already voted. tracie potts in cincinnati. >> that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. are you heading to the polls today, or did you vote early this year? you can share your response at wbaltv.com and on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to watercooler@wbaltv.com. stay with 11 news for complete election night coverage. you can get our mobile app. search and download election 2012 on your smart
. let's be careful. thank you for the knocks. >>> bitter words from mitt romney about the election. >>> plus, could a chemical keep men from cheating? details on a new study are next. you're watching "early today." >> announcer: brought to you by the makers of centrum men and women. have you taken the most complete multi-vitamin today? >>> stories making news this morning. former republican presidential nominee mitt romney was on a conference call with some of his top campaign donors when he said that president obama defeated him by giving things to blacks, hispanics, and young voters. >> the president's campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote. >> louisiana's republican governor bobby jindal criticized romney saying we have to stop dividing the american voters, we need to go after 100% of the vote, not 53%. >>> as expected xi jing ping is the new president of china. >>> next to colorado where a hearing today for james holmes, the man accused
the presidency. the world of social media. mitt romney has been losing faithful fans by the thousands. social media users began on liking romney -- unliking romney. he lost 593 likes an hour. he continued to lose a round 11 likes every minute. a little creepy? facebook is taking information about users who are in a relationship and creating a page just for you whether you want one or not. shared posts and events and photos in which you were tagged. a user said she was ready to break up with her husband on facebook just to. >> a new breast-feeding policy recommendations. the guidelines were developed for hospitals caught are also aimed at helping more mothers breast feed their babies and help improve newborn health. live in the studio, more on this story. >> 70 -- 72% of maryland mothers breastfeed after leaving the hospital. those numbers may increase and they are hoping the recommendations will help. the newborn will stay in hospital for 24 hours to 48 hours after being born. and at hospitals and others to choose to breast feed. >> we know a lot of moms coming into the hospital present -- pr
day, republican nominee mitt romney tried to shake president obama's hold on pennsylvania. >> the president thinks more government is the answer. no, mr. president. more good jobs, that's the answer. >> the romney campaign is hoping to claim pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes and redraw the battleground map in the waning hours of this race. but ohio is still looking like the clincher. hours of governor romney was there, the president traveled to the buckeye state to defend his six-point lead. >> who do you trust? ohio, you know me by now. >> the final nbc poll before the election shows this race is a statistical dead heat. and that increases pressure for both campaigns to get out the vote on tuesday. but first, the candidates are gearing up for one final sprint on the long road to the white house. brian moore, wbal tv 11 news. >> and the push to the polls continues here in maryland where thousands turned out for early voting. local groups continue to work to influence voters 48 hours before the election. sara sampson joins us with more. >> the intensity of this election is
nominee mitt romney, both of whom consider iowa a critical part of their battleground map. the candidates crossed path within hours of each other as they barnstormed iowa and six other tossup states, make their final arguments in the last week of the campaign. >> the question of this election comes down to this -- do you want more of the same, or do you want real change? >> pu here's the thing. we know what change looks like, and what he's selling is not change. >> the president was joined by musicians john mellencamp and katy perry. governor romney got i -- a boost from nascar legend richard petty. >> with only two more days of campaigning left, the candidates are just beginning their blitz of the battleground states much the two campaigns are even battling for new hampshire and its four electoral votes. president obama and former president clinton are there on sunday a day after romney was stumping in the granite state. >>> long lines at early voting centers across the state for days have translated into an impressive turnout. election officials tell the baltimore sewn -- "baltimore sun
president obama the winner. the president got 50% of the vote compared to governor mitt romney 49.1%. is a difference of about 74,000 votes. but florida, the president now officially has 332 electoral votes to romney's 206. >> vatican computer expert got a two month suspended sentence over a scandal involving the leak of confidential documents. >> it vatican computer expert was sentenced for help with the pope's former butler still and leak confidential documents to an italian journalist. he was arrested by vatican authorities in may when they found a stash of confidence of documents on his desk at work. the pope's former butler is still serving an 18 month prison sentence. the lawyer said he will appeal the sentence, saying his client played a minor role in the affair and that he now risks to lose his job and the vatican. this represents the last act of a trial over a scandal that was widely seen as the worst security breach in the vatican's recent history. >> back now with more on the weather. beautiful. i have nothing more to say. >> and warm up between two shots of cold air, t
. florida election officials say the president can read 50% of the vote. governor romney had 49.1%. the president did have enough electoral votes to win reelection tuesday night without florida but with florida, the president now officially has 332 electoral votes to romney's 206. we are learning more about the departure of cia director david petraeus. the retired general resigned after publicly admitting to an extramarital affair. >> the sudden fall of cia chief david petraeus has washington asking how and why. and the woman suddenly in the spotlight, is not saying. back in january, she was promoting her book on the general. >> he loves the agency. i think it is a great place for him. >> she is an army reserve officer in that close access to the cia director. federal agents are investigating whether she had access to this e-mails or computer. >> mike understanding is that the fbi's investigation was not necessarily focused on him. they came by the permissible accident. >> law enforcement and multiple sources tell nbc news that males between him paula were indicative of an extra
is back on the campaign trail today, joining mitt romney as they focus on the finish, which is coming up fast. president obama, during the jersey coast, delivered a message to those devastated by sandy. >> we are here for you. we will not forget. we will follow up to make sure you get all the help you need. >> his message today will shift away from the path of destruction to the path to two hundred 70 electoral votes. in florida, mitt romney back of more aggressive attacks. >> give cost your loved ones and he them in your thoughts and prayers. -- keep them in your thoughts and prayers. >> i think by the weekend, we will be focusing again on the candidates. >> so far this week it has been up to the surrogate's to do the slamming. former governor jeb bush had some choice words about president obama. >> his entire strategy has been blame others -- starting with my brother, of course. >> joe biden returned the favor. >> his plans are not sketchy. they are etched a sketchy. >> as the president traveled through the midwest, this state's governor has asked for extended hours for early voting. >
candidates land in ohio today. governor romney visits seven states, including a rally in ohio tonight with 100 supporters, politicians, and celebrities. in virginia last night, a makeup before hurricane sandy, he argued that the resident is running out of steam. >> he was talking abut saving characters on "sesame street" and playing word games with my name and attacking me on a regular basis, a tax he knows are not true. >> president obama also visits the seven states between now and election day with a focus on ohio, is must-win state. he will be there every day between now and the election. >> al qaeda as been decimated, osama bin laden is dead. we have made real progress these past four years. >> how will it shakeout on tuesday? >> romney has a 50-50 chance to win the popular vote. it is harder to see him winning the electorial vote. >> a possible split verdict from a nation deeply divided, and anxious to end this very long campaign. >> baltimore city police are investigating a shooting involving a licensed security guard. officers found a man suffering a gunshot wounds at the 500
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